Among the most rewarding of my current collaborations is with the Eybler Quartet. We have worked together several times in concerts and recording projects as well as in the larger context of orchestral projects with the Canadian ensemble, Tafelmusik. The Eybler Quartet do not fit into any predefined mould – they create their own, anew, each time they set out to play. Our first CD recording of chamber works by Mozart and Backofen was released to critical acclaim on the Analekta label in 2010, marked by a series of launch concerts in Ontario.
LES JACOBINS (directed by Matthieu Lussier)
‘Absolute monarchy, revolution, terror, Napoleon, restored monarchy – François-Joseph Gossec lived through all of this over his 95 years. And he orchestrated La Marseillaise…‘ Thus The Whole Note on Les Jacobins’ latest CD, ‘Aux Armes Citoyens: Musique Royale et Révolutionnaire pour vents’ (ATMA Classique). Les Jacobins returned in 2012 for more revolution-inspired revivals with ‘Méhul: Le Chant du départ – Ouvertures et oeuvres révolutionnaires‘, also on ATMA Classique.
A research project in collaboration with Eugene Asti, Norbert Meyn, Mhairi Lawson and William Dazeley, supported by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A 2-CD set of Schubert Lieder, including 15 arrangements for clarinet and piano by 19th-century clarinet virtuoso, Carl Baermann is available on the sfzmusic label.
Having spent years playing around the world, but rarely on my doorstep, I founded this series of charity concerts in 2009, inspired by some recent work I had done with the Gallery Players of Niagara in Ontario, Canada, which has successfully connected local professional musicians with local audiences. Spotlighting period-instrument performance by top professionals, bringing the best of period chamber performance to audiences in South West London, Music in New Malden is now in its SIXTH series, and has attracted a solid following, raising thousands of pounds for national and local charities.